Preparing your Tax Return in Canada

* this is a replay of episode 23 from 2021

Tax return season can be quite a stressful time for many Canadian investors. On top of that, with the changes that 2020 brought for a lot of us from working from home, to real estate purchases, and government programs, things may look a little different than usual.

With that in mind, we wanted to dedicate this episode to getting you up to speed on the key areas you should be thinking about as you prepare to file your tax return. To help us dive deep into this topic, we’re joined by our own Hugh Campbell, a longtime Partner at Tulett, Matthews & Associates.

Hugh is a Chartered Accountant and he is not only responsible for legal, accounting and other administrative functions of the firm but he also oversees the income tax preparation services offered to the clients of the firm. He graduated from McGill University with a BSc in Neurobiology & Physiology and later completed a diploma in Accounting at McGill before completing his CA.

On this episode, Hugh and I talk about the advantages of contributing to a retirement savings plan (RSP), the general rule to keep in mind for income tax deductions, the benefits of working with a tax professional, the hefty penalties that stem from incorrect and incomplete filings, how you can be proactive when it comes to your taxes, what to do if you realize you’ve made a mistake, and so much more!

Thank you for listening!

Navigating your income tax return

  • How an RSP helps you pay yourself first (1:46)
  • The income tax savings you can achieve through an RSP (2:28)
  • Why you must file your tax return on time (3:50)
  • Coordinating your family’s income tax returns (5:50)
  • Declaring government payments on your tax return (7:13)
  • Can you claim a deduction for your work from home expenses? (8:55)
  • What you need to consider before claiming a home office tax deduction (10:49)
  • The general rule for determining which expenses are tax-deductible (12:35)
  • Tax credits available for seniors and retirees (13:40)
  • Disability tax credits (14:31)
  • The strict reporting rules around real estate transactions (16:14)
  • Why it’s important to consult a tax professional when settling an estate (18:00)
  • Reporting your foreign income on your Canadian tax return (19:17)
  • Being proactive in your tax reporting (20:40)
  • Incentives for charitable giving (22:30)
  • Why taxes are so variable from one person to another (24:57)
  • Responding to a Notice of Assessment (26:36)
  • What to do if you can’t afford to pay your tax bill (28:17)
  • How long should you keep your records? (30:05)
  • Key takeaways to keep in mind for tax return season (31:26)
  • And much more!

Meet your hosts

Keith Matthews

Keith Matthews

Partner & Portfolio Manager

Marcelo Taboada

Marcelo Taboada

Associate Portfolio Manager

Lawrence Greenberg

Lawrence Greenberg

Associate Portfolio Manager

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